Find out what California and Nevada credit unions are accomplishing within their communities.

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Compass Community CU

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Compass Community CU has once again been awarded BauerFinancial, Inc.'s, the nation’s premier credit union and bank rating firm, highest (5-Star) rating for financial strength and stability. Earning a 5-star rating indicates Compass Community CU excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU is now accepting applications for its 2021 Scholarship Program. The annual program, now in its 21st year, awards 10 outstanding college-bound seniors a $1,000 scholarship, for a total investment of $10,000.

Orange County's CU

 

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Orange County's CU raised nearly $120,000 in donations and grants for CHOC Children’s Hospital. The credit union used the $37,500 AHEAD grant to support the hospital's COVID-19 relief efforts and provided additional support to social workers specifically trained in child protection to deliver more consistent care if children are given to Child Protective Services for investigations. Additionally, these funds provided greater accessibility to social workers (in-person and via telehealth) for stressed parents who require education and resources. To supplement the AHEAD grant funds, Orange County’s CU raised an additional $82,500 to support CHOC’s continued efforts to advance and protect the health and wellbeing of our local youth.

Christian Community CU

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's 2021 Scholarships for Success program is awarding $90,000 in college scholarships. The scholarship program is open to members of Christian Community CU with a Checking Account (newly-opened or existing). To date, the credit union has given more than $1 million in scholarships. 

Firefighters First CU

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Firefighters First CU launched Digital Receipts within their mobile banking app, FireFirstCU. Digital Receipts allows members to capture purchase receipts from any source—paper, email or online—and store them in a single, searchable cloud database accessed from any mobile device.

San Francisco FCU

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San Francisco FCU announced its 2021 Youth Scholarship program for high school seniors in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Three students will each receive $2,500 to apply to their higher education. Since its inception in 2007, the credit union has awarded nearly $140,000 in scholarship money.

LBS Financial CU

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LBS Financial CU has hired Thomas Bette to the LBS Financial Services Investment Services team as a financial advisor.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU raised $10,000 to help support the efforts of the San Diego Humane Society, Animal Friends of the Valley in Riverside County and the Home Free Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Orange County this past holiday season with its ninth annual “Presents for Paws” fundraiser. Funds generated from the campaign will be used in part to provide medical care for local shelter animals in need and help educate the community about the importance of adoption and responsible pet ownership. Online donations were collected from December 2020 through January 2021.

American First CU

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American First CU awarded member Dale M. from Riverside, CA, its second annual grand prize of $50,000 from their savings program called Big Prize Savings. The credit union created their Big Prize Savings program in 2019 to promote and encourage good saving habits by incentivizing account holders a chance to win substantial cash prizes just for saving their money. Big Prize Savings awards prizes of $1,000 each month, $10,000 each quarter, and a $50,000 grand prize at the end of the year.

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU's President and CEO Dave Roughton has accepted the role of Board Chair of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. As Chair, Roughton is responsible for guiding the chamber’s economic recovery plan and representing chamber members of the Sacramento Region.

San Francisco FCU

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San Francisco FCU has promoted Melissa Palwick from consumer lending manager to chief member experience officer. In this new role, Palwick will oversee the Member Service Center, Training, Business and Community Development, Marketing, and Digital Sales and Service.

Meriwest CU

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Meriwest CU sponsored a grant of $1.05 million for CityTeam San Jose through the Federal Home Loan Bank’s (FHLB) Affordable Housing Program. This project will renovate an existing transitional housing and emergency shelter for homeless and low income residents. In addition to the grant, Meriwest CU also hosted a holiday drive for residents donating men’s clothing, toys and books to support their literacy program. Meriwest CU also sponsored a Pandemic Relief grant of $37,500 for the African American Community Services Agency through the FHLB’s Access to Housing and Economic assist for Development (AHEAD) program.

Coast Central CU

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Coast Central CU announced that the spring 2021 round of its Community Investment Program is now open.  A total of $100,000 is available to support local organizations throughout its tri-county area. The giving program was created in 2008, and since then has awarded more than $1.4 million to 150 organizations throughout Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity counties.   

SAFE CU

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SAFE CU has hired Micah Grant as its new assistant vice president of communications and public relations. Grant will oversee a team that will deliver public relations and external communications that position SAFE CU as a thought leader in the financial industry, a community leader, and an advocate for its 240,000 members.

Los Angeles FCU

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Los Angeles FCU raised $15,000 in donations for their 2020 Toys for Tots toy drive. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, toys were not collected as in the past, and instead funds were raised for the purchase of toys from online contributions, in-person branch donations, and from an employee raffle. Their $3,000 goal got eclipsed quickly and they ultimately raised $10,000!  With every dollar raised, Los Angeles FCU also matched up to $5,000 through its charity, the Los Angeles Charitable Association, bringing the total raised to $15,000.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU has produced four free videos to help children, youth, and their support networks identify and successfully manage their emotions in times of high stress. Redwood CU partnered with social/emotional learning expert and author of Confident Parents, Confident Kids Jennifer Miller, M.Ed, and NAMI Sonoma County to produce the series.

Bay FCU

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Bay FCU members and employees raised $31,899.63 for Second Harvest Food Bank’s Holiday Food Drive, translating into 127,599 healthy meals for families in Santa Cruz County. This record amount doubles the previous amount from 2019.

 

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU was a proud sponsor of the San Diego Business Summit that took place online to ensure a safe and fun experience for all. This leadership event was organized by the North San Diego Business Chamber and is designed to inspire, empower and connect individuals of all ages and professions.

CU of Southern California

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CU of Southern California is now offering the Credit Builder Loan—a loan solution to help those with less-than-optimal credit history or no credit history.

California Coast CU

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California Coast CU's Cares Foundation will award more than $90,000 in scholarships this year, ranging from $2,000 to $2,500, to graduating high school seniors and foster students in San Diego and Riverside counties to reach their goal of pursuing higher education. 

Meriwest CU

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Meriwest CU sponsored a grant of $1.05 million for CityTeam San Jose through the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program. This project will renovate an existing transitional housing and emergency shelter for homeless and low-income residents. It will also provide meals and improve the financial mobility of residents through financial educational workshops. In addition to the grant, Meriwest CU also hosted a holiday drive for residents donating men’s clothing, toys and books to support their literacy program.

Christian Community CU

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Christian Community CU has surpassed $800 million in assets as of Dec. 31, 2020. The credit union is the largest in asset size among Christian credit unions nationwide and ranks in the top 10% of all credit unions in the United States. 

Bay FCU

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Bay FCU's Investment Services team has appointed Bennett Bilgere as their new LPL investment advisor representative. Bilgere has been working in the financial industry since he joined Bay FCU in 2014. He chose to become an investment advisor representative because it allowed him to combine his interest in financial markets with his passion for helping people. 

Travis CU

 

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Travis CU announced its continued partnership with the IRS and United Way of the Bay Area to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to Solano County. The credit union partners with United Way every year as a part of our mission to lift our communities through financial wellness. Last year, Travis CU volunteers completed and filed nearly 200 returns totaling more than $200,000.

PremierOne CU

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PremierOne CU gave back to the community over the holidays by supporting local non-profit organizations. The credit union not only collected toys and monetary donations, it also partnered with a local radio station to provide Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas trees to those in need as well as sponsored Thanksgiving meals for two local family shelters.  

Compass CU

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Compass Community CU welcomes Kelsey Dunn as the new branch manager for the Henderson Center branch. Kelsey brings more than 26 years of banking experience locally in Humboldt county. She has served as Chamber Ambassador for Eureka and McKinleyville and a former member of Kiwanis of Henderson Center.

Christian Community CU

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Christian Community CU has appointed Mike Poirier as its new senior vice president of Ministry Lending effective Jan. 4, 2021. Poirier will replace Scott Reitsma, who is retiring from the Credit Union effective March 1, 2021.

Bay FCU

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Bay FCU's VP/Chief Technology Officer Richard Roark has been recognized by Info-Tech Research Group, a leading IT research and advisory firm, as a 2020 Info-Tech CIO Awards winner.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU, in partnership with 103.7 KSON Radio, supported the 33rd Annual St. Jude Radiothon and helped raise $240,582 for children in need. 

Travis CU

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Travis CU has appointed Michael J. Levy as general counsel. As the principal legal officer, Levy is working closely with the executive leadership team and providing leadership in all matters with legal implications, including supervision of all litigation, guidance on regulatory compliance and bringing a legal perspective to Travis CU's strategic vision.

Redwood CU

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Redwood CU Community Fund  (RCUCF) announced today the 2020 Fire Relief Fund has collected and disbursed $424,420 from 847 donors to support the immediate needs of fire survivors. Recognizing that fire season has become a recurring event, RCUCF decided to proactively open a dedicated 2020 Fire Relief Fund before disaster struck. 

Firefighters First CU

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Firefighters First CU distributed more than $2.1 million in profit sharing proceeds to their membership. This year’s distribution brings total profits returned to members to more than $50 million since 1981, honoring the legacy built upon “firefighters helping firefighters”. 

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU partnered with the San Diego Blood Bank to host a New Year’s blood drive at five San Diego County CU locations throughout San Diego County and one in Riverside County, collecting 134 pints of much-needed blood, which will help save the lives of over 402 people.

Rolling F CU

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Rolling F CU helped two low-income families purchase their first home through a partnership with the Stanislaus Housing Authority. Earlier this year, the SHA received grant funding from the City of Modesto to develop 31 new houses in Modesto — with the stipulation that the first two houses would be sold to families who earned 20% less than the average household income.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU has partnered with the San Diego County Library System in support of the Live Well San Diego initiative to host Financial Wellness Wednesdays. From January through March, San Diego County CU will host Financial Wellness Wednesdays webinars on a variety of topics aimed at improving financial health. 

Frontwave CU

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Frontwave CU sponsored four local military families this holiday season through Camp Pendleton’s Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Secret Santa Program. Frontwave shopped for and purchased gifts on the families’ wish lists and delivered them to the Camp Pendleton ASYMCA, where they were distributed just before the holidays.

LBS Financial CU

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LBS Financial CU donated $3,500 to Humansave and $2,000 to Live Love Animal Rescue on Giving Tuesday. The donation will help Humansave take on more pro bono cases, serve more youth, and help in funding top-of-the-line training and support for their therapists so they have more to give to their clients. Live Love Animal Rescue’s donation was also matched by the community and will help them start the rescue journey of many more dogs.

San Diego County CU

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San Diego County CU has collected more than $5,000 so far to help the local animal shelters and rescues in San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties through its “Presents for Paws,” fundraising campaign. This is the credit union's ninth consecutive holiday season supporting the “Presents for Paws” campaign, which has been extended through Jan. 31 in an effort to meet the $10,000 fundraising goal.

CU of Southern California

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CU of Southern California donated a total of $150,000 to more than 50 local businesses as well as two non-profit organizations as part of its “Merry Givemas” event, held Dec. 18, 2020. The credit union made donations totaling $100,000 to businesses hard-hit by the pandemic and its economic fallout and $50,000 to the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter and the Interfaith Food Center, both located in Whittier.  

Santa Cruz Community CU

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Santa Cruz Community CU sponsored the RETURN THE FAVOR campaign and donated $38,500 to local non-profit organizations. In addition, credit union members and community members contributed a total of $10,844. Adding that to Santa Cruz Community CU's annual donations and grant support of $124,774,  the credit union helped infuse slightly over $174,000 into the community in 2020. 

 

Greater Nevada CU

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Greater Nevada CU subsidiary Greater Commercial Lending (GCL) was recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as one of USDA Rural Development’s 2020 top commercial lending partners. GCL also ranked the highest in the U.S. for the USDA Business & Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program for 2020. GCL has consistently ranked as one of the top national USDA lenders year-after-year.

Patelco CU

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Patelco CU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Consulate General of the Philippines in San Francisco under the Spark* Connect* Empower* (SCE) Movement, which seeks to help spark pride among Filipino Americans in their Filipino culture and heritage, connect them with one another, and empower them in the process.